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What are best practices when hiring someone to help you pack for moving?

I’m looking for someone I can trust and that won’t steal things from me as I pack since this is a project/task where the individual will be in my home in every nook and cranny. What are best tips, questions, practices to get help?

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Make sure they have a background check, get referrals, and, unfortunately, be there. I have helped people pack to move, and I know myself, but when I have people help me with projects, I have better luck when I'm on the premises.

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Honestly, just get a feel for them in person to see how they are. If they seem trustworthy after a few visits I'd say send them off on their own to cover more ground.

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Peggy in Kennesaw, GA
Nov. 26, 2018

there are always risks in having a stranger in your home. Request a background check.

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check and see if they are insured, do they work in a field that handles money. Could be a good sign.

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Honestly, Finding TRUSTWORTHY help is so hard now-a-days. I feel like, AS A WOMAN, Its easier to have a guy help you pack because they're strong and can carry all that weight; Not to mention the fact I doubt ANY MAN is gonna STEAL a woman's belongings.

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If you don't have someone that you already know personally to help you, then I would start by asking for a background check. I would get references from a former employer and a family member. I would first meet in public to get a "gut feeling" for this person before you hire them. I would also ensure any valuables were already packed before they arrived so that there is no question should something valuable come up missing.

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Leanna in Staples, MN
Nov. 15, 2018

Get personal references. Ask if insured. Have contact info.

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Well, for starters, I would separate your heirloom keepsakes and valuables from the rest and pack those away yourself. But, most hiring services, such as Care.com provide background checks on all service providers. Be sure to choose one that has general liability insurance - that way, you can always file a claim.

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Dana in Meridian, ID
Nov. 13, 2018

You can check out references, be sure to meet this person to see how you feel about there presence. Don't be discouraged there are quality people here for you. Care.com has covered a criminal back ground Check as well as a DMV history check. This combination should help in comfort g you. Packing is a chore, The whole move can be overwhelming, Getting some help can put your mind at ease.

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User in Hesperia, CA
Nov. 10, 2018

have them be bonded

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Well, work together and give the person some instructions about the moving stuff.

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User in Stamford, CT
Nov. 8, 2018

organize and prioritize. start off getting your body products and undergarments. then start by checking the weather. then put your casual clothes in a garment bag and then pick out clothes for an emergency. if you do these things it makes it alot easier.

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Cheryl in Durham, NC
Nov. 8, 2018

Seek someone who has a Care.com background check and is bonded or willing to be bonded. Also, take the time to call their references!

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If you need help, you need to trust people

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Do a background check and check out their references.

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Always ask for references and check them.

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Attention to detail and great organizing skills are a must ! When packing a room there are I see layers of items that need to be grouped together and subsequently packed together. By separating the items by weight and category your less likely to lose items due to breakage and damage.

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The person needs to have references and background

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Tim in Holden, MA
Nov. 2, 2018

I think a personal interview/meeting is mandatory and you should discuss this topic with the person you are talking to. Myself, I'd be fine with the homeowner looking over my shoulder the entire time if that's what makes them comfortable.

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Kendra in Clio, MI
Oct. 29, 2018

A background check is always a plus! If you are not able to be with them while they are helping you pack, tell them only certain things to pack or another option is references. Anybody who has been cleaning for a while has at least 2 to 3 references.

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Amber in Tampa, FL
Oct. 26, 2018

Get a person with a clean background check and supervise them. That is your best bet.

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I'm looking for someone I can trust and can be eficiente and smart

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Sandra in Easley, SC
Oct. 24, 2018

Get a background check on the person.

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Start with a meeting and walkthrough. Go by your gut feeling first, then get verified references (care.com profiles should have some) and then make a decision. Get copies of ID phone and address, you can always do an inexpensive background check online if needed. As a house cleaner I believe transparency and communication are important in building a relationship on both sides. Its scary for us as well, not getting paid or something worse is a legit worry we have. Be safe, both of you.

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I would just hire a moving company that is bonded if you are worried about people stealing from you while they help you. A bonded company has insurance against that sort of behavior.

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Yes this is very important that you have trust in people because nobody wants someone that will steal from them I totally understand

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In this day and age it's hard to tell whether someone will or won't take something. I believe a person is honest until they prove other wise.

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Make sure that who ever you hire has insurance and is bonded. Individuals who have them credentials are less likely to try to steal from you.

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Troy in Elwood, IN
Oct. 14, 2018

Ask for there references & past jobs and interview them. I mean you can do a background check, but alot of times the background check is past tense and maybe that person changed there life around. Like me for instance, I used to abuse alcohol, now I have been sober over 3 years!

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Hire someone like me. I am a certified MAID.with a background in moving and packing with Allied Van Lines. Check my references since I would be A rated with references on Angies List. Meet with me and sometimes you just have to trust a person based on references? Never hire a cleaning service or a person with more than one person to send.

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Good question. First there are no guarantees........but I would start with a background check. If they have nothing to hide it should be ok with them. if $ is a problem for them you might offer to reimburse them for their output ( it would be a worth while investment for you!) Secondly, I would try to get as many references as possible (not only from recently known persons... but also get some from previous years....this could show you a more complete picture of the person's character) I would lean towards a professional in this situation. They should be more efficient and sensitive towards your concerns since they have done this before. Next I would pack all my highly expensive and valuables myself (as much as is possible). Lastly, I would "oversee" and "watch" the person when they were dealing with your true valuables.

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User in Austin, AR
Oct. 12, 2018

The best and most important form of gaining new business is word of mouth. Be sure and check references if you are concerened about being able to trust a housekeeping in your home.

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Terri in Bokeelia, FL
Oct. 12, 2018

knowing how to pack, dependability, trustworthy.

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Just have that person pack rite along side of you this way you can keep your eye on the person. Also to monitor that they are packing the site qay

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Get references from current clients. Ask if they have clearances.

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Ask for and speak to current and former clients.

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User in Owasso, OK
Oct. 8, 2018

I think your gut and their background check should be all you can count on. I would think most people wouldn't steal from you but you never know. You could stay in the room and both of you work in the same area. You could pack the valuables yourself and not let anyone else do it. If it were me, I would not like not being trusted and would probably have you do the valuables yourself.

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I am the person you need. I am a professional personal organizer, I have a name to take care of, a family, I have social networks, a God who takes care of me and I guarantee a clean and honest work.

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Request a Cori and referneces up front.

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Sabra in Dallas, TX
Oct. 7, 2018

First thing I strongly suggest is researching their background via care.com or running your own background check. If you feel comfortable with that I would be sure to set up a face to face interview. Generally you get a pretty good idea of ones character in the first 30 minutes of meeting them so I would try to make the interview at least a half hour. I would recommend getting several references and follow through on calling them. I would also recommend having some sort of surveillance and letting that someone know they are being watched to hopefully prevent any one from even getting the idea of taking whats not theirs. Then after that basically you just have to follow your instinct.

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Make sue you do a background check and call all of their references.

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Ask for client references. But remember, the vast majority of us are good, honest hard workers, not criminals.

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Nola in Tyler, TX
Sept. 26, 2018

Have a list of all items in the house and when you hire a mover, make sure that boxes are marked on the outside with what items are in that boxed. Also make sure that the person you hire has a background check and has good references. It's also good to check his/her profile and online accounts to find out what this person does and also make sure that he/she doesn't leave with anything he didn't bring in

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Gigi in Tucson, AZ
Sept. 25, 2018

Do it yourself. I've had best friends steal from me, hired hands and even my sister tried to steal from me. Do the work yourself. No reason to complain then.

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Sounds like you should supervise them to pack your things.

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Aside from a background check or resume or any of that I honestly feel that it is all in the vibe you get off Someone when Meeting and or hiring Them. If It Doesnt feel Right Then It Most like;y Isn't. Trust Your Gut. If the Future Hire is eyeballing and casing your house then you are Most definitely going to Notice. Trust yourself Above All. But Also Do Not Judge Based on appearance.. Looks are Not Always Everything Either. Above All I recommend Not being alne in the Home with the future Hire If you are vulnerable and you should always meet in public for the first Time. Good Luck to You! I hope this helps at least a Little bit! Amanda-

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User in Algonquin, IL
Sept. 24, 2018

I would find a professional packer that is insured and bonded. The higher rate is worth the cost in the long run.

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 23, 2018

Heres what i would do. Meet person, trust my gut, and then state "i want to make you aware upfront that i have home cameras as ive had trouble in the past, and feel its only fair that i inform you upfront. Its not that ill be prying all day, but mire of a security issue." You dont necessarily need a camera as this will more than likely make someone think twice before stealing, but on the otherhand, there are cheap home cameras that you may want to consider getting. Of course, a background check doesnt guarantee anything but is still a good idea. Good luck!

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Make sure to get references (at least 3 or 4). I've seen nightmares where valuables are concerned. Always get references. Stay with the people doing the packing. It may be a pain to do this but it also gives peace of mind.

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Check the person or/and company background, also hear from credible references.

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